Category Archives: Focus on Retail

Shopping Ideas for the Gift-Giving Impaired

Not all of us find gift shopping to be easy, intuitive, or even fun.  In fact, for some of us, it can be hard, confounding, and extremely stressful.  As one long-time downtown merchant said to me, “Come on Ross, you know we’re talking about men”.  Therefore, I conducted several days of random research in downtown Northfield, MN to gather up a few ideas to assist the gift-giving impaired.  I’ll name the shop and mention a few of the suggestions that the proprietors offered. Continue reading Shopping Ideas for the Gift-Giving Impaired

Winter Walk…in Downtown Northfield, MN

It’s that time of year…in fact, many Northfielders’ favorite time or event…Winter Walk.  Thanks to the Retail Committee of the Northfield Area Chamber of Commerce, downtown businesses have come together and organized a variety of activities for everyone.

In addition to some of the finest, and most creative, window decorations in the state, there are the ever-popular luminaries, horse-drawn wagon rides, and the kind of caroling that you can only experience in Music City, Minnesota.  And that’s not even touching upon all the in-store specials and treats…or pop-up performances in and around Bridge Square.

So come on down(town) to Winter Walk 2012, for friends, neighbors, all sorts of fun…and maybe even a little shopping.  That’s Winter Walk, this Thursday, December 6th, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m., in Downtown Northfield, MN.

It’s Beginning to Look a lot like Winter Walk

Thursday, December 8th, it’s the 13th Annual Winter Walk in downtown Northfield, MN.  A project of the Retail Committee of the Chamber of Commerce, funded by the downtown businesses, and programmed by the whole community, Winter Walk is many Northfielders’ favorite event.

This year offers a particularly full schedule of entertainment.  It includes performances by the Northfield Middle School Choirs, Reindeer Sleigh Rides, Horse-Drawn Wagon Rides, Frosty the Snowman and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, the Magic of Model Trains, the Northfield High School Instrumental Ensemble, the Bethel Lutheran Church Adult Choir, I Cantanti, Reading of Holiday Stories, Pictures with Santa, the Artech Middle School Choir, the Northfield Senior Center Choir, the Northfield Dance Academy, Pictures with the James-Younger Gang, the Madrigal Singers, and the St. Olaf Trombones.  Additional entertainment (and treats) will be offered within the individual establishments.

So come on down(town) and enjoy Winter Walk.  Take a seasonal  stroll through downtown Northfield’s mix of one-of-a-kind shops specializing in quality merchandise, wide variety of restaurants and coffee shops featuring artisan food, and a full range of services offering personalized attention

…and celebrate your community.

Be Local…Be Downtown Northfield, MN (Weekend Update)

Sure, as usual, there will be a whole lot of entertainment going on in downtown Northfield this weekend.  The Contented Cow, the Tavern Lounge, the Rueb’N’Stein, and the 620 Grill all have live music…and great food and beverages…for your enjoyment.  But this weekend is also the traditional start of the holiday shopping season.  So let’s talk about the retailers. Continue reading Be Local…Be Downtown Northfield, MN (Weekend Update)